Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sardines

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Behold the delightful sardine chips from Rich Table.

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to eat your fish because it was good for you? Turns out mother did know best, especially if she were talking about sardines. Sardines are packed with protein, healthful omega-3 fats, and are super sources of vitamins B12 and D. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, sardines are “a group of fish found all round the world, all belonging to one subfamily in the highly complex group of clupeid fish (in which there are over 300 species altogether).” In other words, when you’re eating sardines, it’s not necessarily the very same fish each time, although each is just as good for you. In addition to their nutritional benefits, sardines feed on plankton and tend to be safer to consume because of lower levels of mercury and contaminants than other types of fish. They are often found canned, but restaurants are serving up sardines in all kinds of way, from a classic grilled presentation to the stellar sardine chips served at Rich Table that are receiving an array of rave reviews. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about sardines!

Acabar, Hollywood, California: “Some notable favorites include the sardines (I thought I didn’t like sardines until I tried their version), charred octopus, spicy shrimp skewers, and fresh oysters from the crudo bar.”

Anassa  Tavern, New York, New York: “Risotto with cuddle fish was delicious, and the sardines were grilled to perfection.”

Cafe Lucia, Healdsburg, California: “The five-choice appetizer plate, especially the sardine paté and crusted goat cheese and almonds, was great.”

Esca, New York, New York: “We were able to try amazingly well-prepared seafood dishes: sea urchin, sardines four ways, octopus, grilled anchovy, and clam ceviche.”

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California: “Ambience was perfect, the movie was so-so (Who’s watching anyway?), but OMG ,the food was wonnnnderful from anchovy/sardine appetizer, to the best fried chicken ever and the chevre cheesecake!”

Ink., Los Angeles, California: “This restaurant was amazing; their food blew our minds. They make Caesar salad with burrata ice cream and a sardine cracker/wafer.”

Julienne, Santa Barbara, California: “Our friends had a flatbread with grilled local sardines, which reminded us of some of the amazing seafood gems we got this summer in Scotland.”

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2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants

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The Brussels sprouts from Arami are just one of the reasons it was named a 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.

In anticipation of this year’s Michelin Guide Chicago stars, the 2014 Chicago Bib Gourmand honorees have been named. Michelin’s Bib Gourmands honor restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves. While the famous Michelin stars, which will be announced next week, remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.

In the 2014 edition, 69 Chicago area restaurants, 21 of which are new to the list this year, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, including:

Arami
Autre Monde
Balena
BellyQ
Browntrout
Ceres’ Table
deca Restaurant + Bar
Gemini Bistro
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
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Watch This: ‘The Story of Hungry’

As of last Friday, $5 billion is being cut from food stamps benefits in the U.S. With more households than ever relying on nutrition assistance, this is a devastating loss. As proud supporters of Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry, we urge you to watch “The Story of Hungry,” a short animated film that depicts the destructive forces of hunger, told from the perspective of a young girl.

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According to a recent No Kid Hungry report, students who eat breakfast score nearly 18 percent higher on tests and attend 1.5 more days of school each year, on average. However, of the more than 21 million low-income kids in the U.S. who rely on a free or reduced-price school lunch, only half are also getting a school breakfast. By rethinking how breakfast is served – in the classroom or after the bell, for example – the No Kid Hungry campaign is working to ensure more kids start their day off right.

An article in USA Today notes that there are 47.7 million Americans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a number that has tripled since 2000. Please watch “The Story of Hungry,” and then take the pledge to join No Kid Hungry in helping end childhood hunger in the U.S.

Learn more at http://www.thestoryofhungry.org/.

On Our Plate: Dine Around Seattle; Hudson Valley, Long Island + Jersey Shore Restaurant Weeks; The French Laundry Gives Diners a Treat + More

DASHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Hurricane Sandy struck a little more than a year ago. Find out how Acqua at Peck Slip in New York has fared since being completely flooded.

* Save on tickets to the Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival this weekend. Purchase now to enjoy three fun-filled days.

* Help fight hunger in Boston. Purchase tickets to the Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party on November 10.

* Attend Women in Whites: The 2013 James Beard Foundation Gala. The nation’s top female chefs are creating a meal to remember at NYC’s legendary Four Seasons.

* Voting for the Charlie Awards is open. Vote for your Twin Cities’ food favorites and purchase tickets to the ceremony on November 17.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Pumpkin.

* Taste MTL has begun. Choose from three courses for three prices — $19, $29, and $39 — in Montreal through November 11.

* Newport Restaurant Week arrived in New England. Don’t miss $16 lunches and $30 dinners, November 1-10.

* Long Island Restaurant Week is on like Donkey Kong. Enjoy three-course dinners for just $27.95 through November 10.

* Cleveland Restaurant Week kicked off today! Click through for three-course $33 dinners, November 4-16.

* Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is here. Make a reservation for three-course $20.95 lunches and $29.95 dinners, November 4-17.

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